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Transgression, affect and performance: choreographing a politics of urban space
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Professor Elaine Campbell
British Journal of Criminology
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Cultural criminological scholarship has impressively theorised and explored the cultural complexities, negotiated meanings, and experiential immediacy of urban crime and its spatialising effects. Nonetheless, this important work tends to gloss over the political dynamics of spatial contestation, and assumes an urban politics which is relatively fixed and static, and is locked into a dichotomy of control and resistance. This obscures the heterogeneity of political relationalities at the interstices of crime and ‘the urban’. In this paper, I develop a more nuanced account of the transgressive, affective and performative power of crime; using an offence of ‘outraging public decency’ as a case study, I delineate some of the myriad ways in which crime continually reconfigures the political co-ordinates of ‘the urban’.
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